EXCLUSIVE: Barry McGuigan explains why Chantelle Cameron will defeat Katie Taylor

Joe Hewlett 02/06/2018

Chantelle Cameron will feature on the undercard of the headline bout between Josh Taylor and Viktor Postol on June 23 at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow. 

The 27-year-old will be defending her IBO strap, with her opponent set to be announced in the upcoming days.

Boxing great-turned-Promoter Barry McGuigan revealed his frustrations of finding opponents for the Brit and the founder of Cyclones Promotions is convinced Cameron has the beating of WBA and IBF world champion Katie Taylor.

“She’s the best out there in the world. We’ve tried to get all the champions, they just won’t fight her it’s ridiculous. No one wants to fight her,” McGuigan told World Boxing News in an exclusive interview this week.

“People probably see Katie Taylor as the best in the division, I don’t mean to undermine Taylor, but they won’t get battered the way they would against Cameron.

“Taylor will outbox them and school them – but Cameron will beat the living daylights out of them – that’s what the difference is.

“It’s a fight we want down the line and we’re happy to start talking that up as soon as possible.

“She’ll be defending her IBO title on the June 23 card; her opponent will be imminent. It’s very exciting and I think this girl is going to be a superstar in the professional game.

“She’s much more suited to the pro game than she was to the amateurs and bare in mind she did beat the 2016 Olympic champion Estelle Mossely eight times, including the pre-Olympic event, she just never had the rub of the luck in the amateur game,” he added.

Taylor added the IBF title to her mantelpiece after winning on a points decision over Victoria Noelia Bustos in New York.

Despite being regarded as the number one lightweight in the world, McGuigan, has seen flaws in her game since turning professional and believes ‘Wham Bam Chan’ will expose those weaknesses should they meet.

“Cameron’s the best lightweight in the world I’m telling you. Katie has a good chin, again with those who disagree with me, I just feel Chantelle will be too strong, too relentless for her and will hurt her too much.

“I saw her in York Hall against Jessica McCaskill and she hurt her throughout the fight and if she can hurt Taylor then I know Chantelle will.

“She’s a better amateur than a professional, I mean this at the greatest respect and don’t want to upset my Irish friends, but I don’t think she has improved as a professional – but Chantelle has certainly improved.

“Katie was beautiful to watch as an amateur, fast hands and spray of combinations but the pro game is much different – you have to stay in the pocket, take shots and have the ability to take punishment and deliver at a high tempo. But much respect to her, she’s a great role model in Ireland,” he concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95